Ruth Ellen Laessle Kreachbaum, age 98, of Pickerington, died Thursday, July 18th 2019 at Amber Park Assisted Living. She was born January 29th, 1921, in Lancaster to the late Albert and Maude (Burke) Laessle. Preceeded in death by her husband, Corwin Kreachbaum; son, Michael Kreachbaum; brother, Jack Laessle. Ruth is survived by her children, John (Becky) Kreachbaum, Jane (James) Mills, Janet (Wes) Campbell; grandchildren, Amy Campbell (fiancé Joseph Aquilina), Wes (Emily) Campbell Jr., Michael Kreachbaum, Emily Kreachbaum, Jennifer Mills (boyfriend Daniel DeGennova), Julie Mills; great-grandson Avett Campbell; sister in law Angie Laessle; many nieces and nephews.
Ruth was a 1938 graduate of Nelsonville High school and was lucky enough to attend her 80th class reunion last year. Her love for sports developed in high school with the support of her gym teacher. This led her to always lead the cheer at her high school. Through her life this sporting passion stayed with her as she was always there to watch Pickerington high school basketball and football. Attending every Tigers football home game and traveling to be at every single Women’s high school basketball game and tournaments. She was a founding member of the “Silver Foxes” a local group of 4 Pickerington senior citizens that would attend all Pickerington high school basketball games. She was also a season ticket holder and avid fan of Ohio State women’s basketball and a true buckeye football fan. Always finding a way to watch and root for her buckeyes! Ruth was always active and involved in the community. In the 1960’s and 70’s she was active in the Lancaster Mother of Twins Club, becoming president for a year. She was a 72-year member of The Order of The Eastern Star, Reber Chapter, as well as, other Masonic organizations. She was an original member of the Los Amigos Club, a local club in small town Pickerington, founded by women in the community with common interests. A retired lunch lady of the Pickerington Local School District, Ruth was a member of the Pickerington Senior Center, Historical Society and the Baltimore VFW Women’s Auxiliary. Also, a member of the Pickerington Peace United Methodist Church, she was one of the oldest living members. Ruth truly was loved by many, being so involved in many others’ lives through all her groups and relationships. She will be truly missed having lived such an inspired and shared life.
Family and friends may visit 4-7:30pm on Tuesday, July 23, at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 550 Hill rd. N., Pickerington, OH 43147, with an Eastern Star Service at 7:15pm. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 24 at the funeral home. Interment Violet Cemetery. In Ruth’s memory, donations in her name can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati, Donor Development, 3229 Burnet Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45229 or to Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr #170, Columbus, OH 43231.